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September 9th, 2015

McCoy numbers lowest since 1993

September 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Attendance at Pawtucket Red Sox games has declined 10 percent this season, the lowest attendance in over 20 years.
It was reported on Wednesday that the Triple-A franchise of the Boston Red Sox attracted 466,600 spectators this season.
The team drew 515,665 fans last year.
Attendance hadn't been that low since 1993, prior to a major renovation at McCoy Stadium.

Minor League Baseball | WHEN THE HOME TEAM GOES AWAY: Rock Cats' exit could foreshadow PawSox' potential exodus

September 9, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The final Saturday in August brought mixed emotions as it marked the last time the New Britain Rock Cats would take the field under the home lights.

The finish line has been crossed for a franchise that is ending a 33-year-old relationship between minor-league baseball and the “Hardware City.”  The process of turning over a new leaf will be complete next April when the Hartford Yard Goats start playing games in a ballpark located in Connecticut’s capital city.

September 8th

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian pitches his city as potential host for AAA stadium

September 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian says he’s not trying to make life hard for Mayor Donald Grebien, but he’ll roll out the welcome mat for the PawSox if the team’s owners decide Providence isn’t the right choice for them.

“I’ve talked to Don repeatedly and made it very clear we’re not in competition,” Avedisian said. 

September 6th

Good Samaritans pulled Pawtucket man from fiery truck crash

September 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET – An owner of the Sterry Street Towing Co. at 531 Main Street, John Martins, 52, remained in critical condition Sunday at Rhode Island Hospital after being pulled from his crashed and burning commercial tow rig on Friday by a group of courageous Good Samaritans.

September 6th

High school football | Local squads put best foot forward at annual Injury Fund scrimmages

September 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Injury Fund scrimmages are little more than a dress rehearsal for the upcoming football season. Players get into their uniforms, board a bus and head to the scrimmage location, slug it out for two quarters with a rival school, and then head home, elated by the opportunity to block and tackle someone other than their own teammates.

September 4th

Cicilline remains undecided on Iraq deal

September 4, 2015

WOONSOCKET — U.S. Rep. David Cicilline said Wednesday that he remains undecided on the Iran nuclear deal, even as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure that the deal survives in Congress.

Cicilline, during an interview with The Call and The Times staff at The Call, said that from his perspective, there are problems with the agreement, just as there are in rejecting the agreement.

“This, I think, will be one of the most consequential and difficult votes I ever make in 20 years,” Cicilline said, adding that he is “studying to make all the right decisions.”

CF police bring emergency app to schools

September 4, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — City schools will be the first in Rhode Island to implement COPsync911, an alert system that informs patrol officers of a potentially threatening situation.

The COPsync911 system is activated by school staff when an urgent, emergency, or violent situation arises and allows the staffers to send an immediate silent alert to all other school personnel, local law enforcement dispatch, and all patrol cars and on-duty officers, even if they are away from their patrol car.

Human development gets artistic

September 4, 2015

PAWTUCKET — The exterior of the Resources for Human Development building on Commerce Street was a rather drab site, a dreary facade of brick devoid of much character.

However, that changed starting Thursday, as students from the Rhode
Island School of Design joined artists and staff from RHD-RI to paint murals that will hang from the building's exterior, providing the area with a much-needed dose of vibrant color.

Recovering addicts, supporters celebrate success at rally

September 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE — Lincoln native Brianna Brigidi had everything in her life aligned just right coming out of high school.

St. Raphael Girls' Soccer | Five different players score in SRA's 5-2 win over Cranston East

September 4, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  New St. Raphael Academy head coach Andre Martins couldn't have been more succinct in describing his squad's satisfying 5-2 Division III-A victory over Cranston East on Friday afternoon.

“Good stuff!” he told the Saints as they relaxed on the home sideline grass at McKinnon-Alves Complex during the post-game chat.

That pretty much summed up St. Raphael's torrid attack on the Thunderbolts, one in which the hosts outshot their foes, 16-6, and in the process lifted the Saints to 1-1 in league action.

VIDEO: Judge Rules Against NFL In 'Deflategate' Case

September 4, 2015

September 3rd

Pawtucket officials just say no to bullying

September 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE — Pawtucket on Monday declared itself a “bully-free” city, formally announcing a partnership with a California-based nonprofit organization to curb bullying and harassment in the Pawtucket School Department’s 17 schools.

RISD students lend a brush to beautify Resources for Human Development HQ

September 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The outside of the Resources for Human Development building on Commerce Street was a rather drab site, a dreary facade of brick devoid of much character.

However, that changed starting Thursday, as students from the Rhode Island School of Design joined artists and staff from RHD-RI to paint murals that will hang from the building’s outside walls, providing the area with a much-needed dose of vibrant color.

September 2nd

Historic promotion day for Pawtucket police

September 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET — In one of the largest promotional ceremonies held in recent memory, the Pawtucket Police Department swore in new Major Tina Goncalves, the first woman to hold that position on the force; and newly promoted Capt. Kevin Santurri and Lt. Manny Maciel, as seven officers advanced in the ranks.

Also promoted were David Holden to detective sergeant, Robert Pickett to sergeant, and Carl Barovier and Trevor Lefebvre to detective.

September 1st

Pawtucket police to promote first woman to major

September 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Seven members of the Pawtucket Police Department — including the first female member to ascend to the rank of major in the department’s history — will be celebrated at a ceremony today at the Pawtucket Veterans’ Amphitheater on Roosevelt Avenue.

August 31st

Pawtucket Red Sox | PawSox will be pieces on Dombrowski’s chess board

August 31, 2015

PAWTUCKET – In the interest of accuracy, the conversation with PawSox manager Kevin Boles started out about the working relationship his father John had with Dave Dombrowski when the pair formed a manager-general manager tandem with the Florida Marlins.

For the purpose of this exercise, the original topic hardly seemed to matter, as it resulted in traveling down several roads that helped to shed light on Dombrowski’s relationship with the minors. 

Protest and picnic at proposed stadium site

August 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE — Talks may be continuing on a plan to build a new $85 million stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox on vacant I-195 land in the city’s downtown, but that didn’t stop a group of opponents to that plan from holding an anti-stadium picnic at the site Monday night.

A crowd of about 100 people showed up at the weedy gravel lot along the Providence River to fly kites, listen to The What Cheer? Brigade band perform, and munch their picnic dinners while supporting the grassroots effort to stop the stadium project.

August 30th

New CF school leader ready for opening bell

August 30, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — Just as students are readying themselves to return to school for the first day of classes on Tuesday, School Superintendent Victor Capellan is readying himself and the district for a new year of educational opportunities for Central Falls’ children.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: Wheelchair Tennis Program at Slater Park is proof that anything is possible

August 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Now 22, Graham Watkins of Woodlawn has been relegated to a wheelchair since his toddler days, that due to a congenital spinal cord injury.

Still, he never allowed his physical disability to interfere with his love for sports. Over the years, he has taken part in a variety of wheelchair and like activities, among them skiing, hockey and track.

August 28th

Kindergarten classes to learn in English and Spanish

August 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET – When kindergarten students arrive at Nathanael Greene Elementary School for the first day of classes next week, they will be greeted by teachers with a “hello” as well as an “hola” as part of a brand-new dual language learning program.

Two classes of incoming kindergarteners at Greene Elementary School will be the first collection of students to participate in the dual language program, in which half of their education will be in English and half will be taught in Spanish.